Lhasa Apsos were bred in Tibet as sentinels for palaces and monasteries. They are
an ancient dog with close DNA to the grey wolf. They were revered in Tibet and never
sold (only given as gifts). It is likely they were fed a high protein diet to recognise
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include fish, poultry, natural meat and bone and seasonal
vegetables and fruits.
Lhasa Apso Temperament
The Lhasa Apso is an affectionate and quiet dog with keen hearing. It enjoys watching
over its environment and is more adventurous than a normal lapdog. It is loyal and
protective and wary of strangers.
The Lhasa Apso can be aloof and assertive, but is always alert and watching out for
danger. When properly socialised they are caring and entertaining companions.
Lhasa Apso Appearance
The Lhasa Apso is a sturdy heavily-coated dog. It has a short muzzle and dark brown
eyes. The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is no more than 25 cms for a male
and female. Weight from 6-8 kgs.
The Lhasa Apso has a very dense and hard exterior coat reflecting its origins from
the Himalayas. Its tail is carried well over its back.
The Lhasa Apso is found in many colours traditionally golden, sandy, slate, black,
white and brown.
Lhasa Apsos are known to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs.
Lhasa Apso Facts
Lhasa Apso History
Lhasa Apsos were bred in Tibet for specific guard duties. Their name comes from the
area ‘Lhasa’ (the capital of Tibet) and Apsos meaning ‘Bearded’.
They were a second line of defence for security. If an intruder made it past the
bigger dogs on guard duty, the Lhasa was expected to detect an intrusion and raise
DNA analysis has recognised the breed as one of the 14 oldest ‘ancient dog breeds’.
Lhasa Apso Known Disorders
Lhasa Apsos are prone to suffer from eye problems and heart problems.